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Brits warned of utter travel chaos at start of summer school holidays

The CHAOS at UK airports shows no signs of abating, with fears of even more travel disruption at the start of the school holidays.

Passengers are still forced to wait for hours at the airport, and many wait outside the terminal, although this is during low season.

Airport chaos will only get worse this summer, it's to be feared

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Airport chaos will only get worse this summer, it’s to be fearedCredit: n/a
Britons have been forced to sleep on airport floors due to long queues

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Britons have been forced to sleep on airport floors due to long queuesCredit: n/a

And with schools closing in two weeks, there are fears the problems will worsen as millions travel abroad this summer.

Passengers complained on social media this morning about the continuing problems.

One person at Manchester Airport tweeted: ‘What’s going on at Terminal 3 security? On a Tuesday morning, out of school term, and we’re meandering in a queue for miles.’

Another added: “No more absolute chaos @manairport terminal 3, absolute shit again. How many weeks did you say you would take to sort out this nonsense?”

A third also said he was forced to queue in the parking lot when he arrived at the terminal.

It’s not just Manchester Airport – one Heathrow passenger wrote: ‘Security lines are very long and getting longer so plan ahead today. They are at a standstill and rolled up.”

However, bosses at Manchester and Heathrow airports claimed that although there were queues, the majority of people could get through the airport in around 30 minutes.

Staff shortages have already led to queues at security and check-in counters at UK airports as the travel industry picks up after the Covid pandemic lockdowns.

It comes as airlines have until Friday to take advantage of a government “amnesty” to airport slot rules, allowing airlines to change their schedules without incurring a potential penalty.

Government ministers have asked airlines to review their flights after May’s mid-term chaos, which was blamed on a shortage of airline and airport staff.

And Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky News today: ‘Airports and airlines released many people after the furlough scheme ended.

“Maybe they hadn’t anticipated people’s desire to leave the country.

“It’s important that airlines have confidence that flights can be delivered and that passengers know well in advance if their flights are cancelled.”

BA flights from Heathrow Airport are expected to suffer the brunt of cancellations this week.

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British Airways has already canceled 16,000 flights through October, with another 650 next month.

And easyJet, TUI and Lufthansa have all been forced to cancel thousands of flights in recent days.

Millions expected to travel abroad this summer

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Millions expected to travel abroad this summerCredit: nc

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